How to Slow-Cook Pulled Pork With a Boneless Pork Sirloin Roast

Looking to shave some fat and calories from your favorite pulled pork recipe? Rather than the traditional pork shoulder roast, use pork sirloin roast for your pulled pork.

Rather than the traditional pork shoulder roast, use pork sirloin roast for your pulled pork.
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Although fattier cuts of meat such as pork shoulder add a bit more flavor, you can save more than 8 grams of total fat and 50 calories for every 3-ounce portion of meat by using a lean sirloin roast, according to the USDA.

Slow-cooking a pork sirloin roast in the oven or in your slow cooker gives you mouthwatering, tender pork that's perfect for pulling and pairing with your favorite seasonings.

Read more: 8 Deliciously Simple (and Healthy!) Slow Cooker Recipes

Pork Loin Roast Pulled Pork

Step 1: Trim Fat and Rub

If purchased frozen, be sure your pork sirloin roast is fully thawed before using your slow cooker. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, frozen meat won't heat up quickly enough, which increases the risk of harmful bacterial growth.

Trim any fat from the outside of the pork sirloin roast before rubbing it with your favorite spice rub.

Use a pre-made dry rub or make your own by combining seasonings such as salt, black pepper, coriander, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and cinnamon.

Step 2: Put Pork in Cooker

Place the seasoned pork sirloin roast your slow cooker. If you wish, you can add additional aromatics such as diced onion or garlic to the slow cooker.

Step 3: Add the Liquid

Pour roughly 1 cup of liquid into the slow cooker. You can use any liquid you like, including water, stock, broth or beer.

Step 4: Cover and Wait

Cover the slow cooker and cook the roast on low for eight to 10 hours, or until the pork is tender and is easily shredded with a fork.

Step 5: Rest and Shred

Remove the roast from the slow cooker and set it aside, letting it rest for roughly 10 minutes. Shred the meat using two forks. Toss it with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve.

Oven-Baked Pulled Pork

Step 1: Preheat and Add Garlic

Prep your oven to bake your pork sirloin roast recipe by setting the temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the oven is heating up, prepare the roast by trimming any exterior fat and cutting several slits into all sides of the roast.

Slice garlic cloves into slivers and place slivers into the slits.

Step 2: Add the Seasonings

Mix seasonings and spices together in a small bowl. You can use your favorite barbecue rub, or make your own by combining dried thyme, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and brown sugar.

Rub the seasoning mixture over the outside of the pork sirloin roast before placing it in a roasting pan.

Step 3: Check the Temperature

Cover the pan with foil and bake the roast for roughly three hours or until the pork is tender. Check the internal temperature of the roast by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part.

Pork should be cooked to at least 145 F — the minimum safe temperature according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Step 4: "Pull" the Pork

Remove the pan from the oven and let the roast sit for roughly 10 minutes. After removing the aluminum foil, use two forks to pull the meat apart, creating shredded or "pulled" pork.

Step 5: Coat With Sauce

Combine the pulled pork with your favorite commercial or homemade barbecue sauce, tossing it together to make sure the meat is coated before serving.

Read more: 8 Mistakes You're Making with Your Slow Cooker — and How to Avoid Them

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife

  • Spices

  • Two forks

  • Barbecue sauce

  • Meat thermometer

Tips

Check the internal temperature of your pork sirloin roast pulled pork by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part.

Change the flavors of your pulled pork by cooking it in a sauce made by combining chicken broth, honey, blackberry or raspberry jam, hoisin sauce, balsamic vinegar, onion and garlic.

After removing the roast from the pan or slow cooker, transfer the sauce to a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

Whisk in a slurry made with cornstarch and cold water and simmer the sauce for about three minutes until it's slightly thickened. Toss the sauce with your pork loin roast pulled pork and serve.

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